Concavenator was a carcharodontosaurid dinosaur that hails from the Las Hoya Plateau in Spain. This animal is very special to me because I have fond memories of seeing it being reported in the news back in 2010 when I was only a lurker on the Dinosaur Toy Forum. This lead me to my first ever review in 2011 (which I admit, is pretty cringeworthy to me now) which just so happens to be a Concavenator.
This Concavenator is of your typical Geoworld quality, meaning its accuracy is minimal. It is clear that the model looks like a dinosaur, but it does not really have the care put into it to be worthy of purchase. The first thing that’s wrong with this figure is the total lack of muscle in most areas of the body. Basically, the model is very shrink-wrapped all over. But perhaps the one thing that really sinks this figure down the drain is the head. It looks like no theropod I have ever seen replicated. It is triangular in shape and almost terminates in a beak. As a result, the head bears no resemblance to the skull of the real animal. About the only thing that makes this a Concavenator are the tall spines on its back, which are sculpted like a sail as opposed to being a hump.
The colours on this model are very basic. The main colour is tan and there are black stripes painted on the back. The claws are black too. The base that the figure is mounted on is a light teal and the eyes are yellow. The inside the mouth is mostly hot pink, but the mouth is not opened very wide, so you would really have to examine it in order to see. As usual, the teeth are white, but for some reason, the tongue is topped with some purple.
Moving on to the card, all I can say is I’m happy to report that I can now tell you whose artwork has been exploited for this piece of paper. One look at this image is enough to bring back memories of the one used by Raul Martin in most news outlets when Concavenator was first discovered. It is very clear to me that the image was photoshopped to make it seem different from the actual piece, but there’s no denying the fact that this is still a textbook example of plagiarism. Other than the fact that the image used on this card is clearly the one by Martin, I don’t see anything else worthy of pointing out on this card at all. The info on this card is basic, but the grammar is very iffy.
Overall, I say skip this toy in favour of the retired Carnegie Collection version, or even the CollectA one for the time being. If you still want one, your best bet is DeJankins, as he is the best source of these products within the USA.